Rockets’ James Harden is first player since Kobe Bryant with 200 points over 4 games
Per Justin Kubatko of Statmuse, Bryant achieved the feat in March 2007.
James Harden is the first player since Kobe Bryant in March 2007 to score at least 200 points over a four-game span.
— Justin Kubatko (@jkubatko) January 22, 2019
Harden, for his part, duplicated The Black Mamba’s feat in their 121-93 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. The reigning MVP had 37 points, bringing his four-game total to exactly 200 points. He started piling up the points with a 57-point outburst in their 112-94 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, then a 58-point explosion in a 142-145 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, followed by a 48-point performance in a 138-134 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
In those games, Harden knocked down at least five 3-pointers per game. Their win over the Lakers was his high-mark, where he nailed 8-of-19 from downtown. In addition, 57 of his 200 points came from the free throw line. Harden’s recent performance also marks his 20th consecutive game with at least 30 points.
It’s a scoring effort that Harden had to exert. The Rockets have been missing the services of point guard Chris Paul, who’s been out due to a hamstring injury. Thanks to Harden, the Rockets have managed to remain safely within the playoff picture with a 26-20 record, which, as of this writing, is in fifth place in the tough Western Conference.